Keiosha Felix missing for nearly a year, officials release update
POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 1:34pm
Lafayette Parish, La — Numerous police agencies have contributed and assisted in the missing person investigation of Keiosha Felix who was reported missing on April 30, 2012. On Monday April 8, 2013 Keiosha turned 16 years old and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and their partners continue to search for her.
In an effort to keep the public informed, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following statistics in hopes that anyone with information would contact a law enforcement agency with any information regarding this case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000.00 reward for information that brings Keiosha home.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has dedicated nearly 1500 investigative hours in search efforts. This in addition to the 500 hours by Louisiana State Police the 400 hours by Department of Child and Family Services, 200 hours by the FBI, and 80 hours by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. The Texas Attorney General’s Office and Dallas Police Department has a combined 40 hours of officer’s time dedicated specifically to the Keiosha investigation and New Orleans Police dedicated and additional 12 hours. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have provided countless hours in support of the Keiosha case. No less than 2300 investigative hours has been dedicated to this investigation to date.
During this time investigators have conducted 72 interviews, issued 20 subpoenas, and executed 4 search warrants. Over 2, 000 flyers have been distributed and countless electronic missing person flyers have been distributed.
There has been 17 tips received at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children phone lines and an additional 3 tips called into Crime Stoppers and 7 other tips were reported to law enforcement agencies. This includes tips in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Florida Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon and California.
Some success has been noted in this investigation; the most telling was the recovery of a teen that resembled Keiosha and that had run away from her northeast Texas home and was found by Investigators following up on a tip. Because of this tip, an endangered teen was returned home prior to Thanksgiving 2012.
Currently, these leads have been exhausted and Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance for any information that may help in solving this case. Finding Keiosha is a priority for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators still hope to identify and interview a male who was captured on surveillance video at a Lafayette AT&T Store. He is not a suspect in any criminal matter but may have some helpful information related to this case.